McConnell: Opioid Bill to Move Forward ‘in the Coming Days’

The Senate will be working to move forward on S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, “in the coming days,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday on the Senate floor.

“It has garnered a great deal of support form both sides of the aisle because of its provisions to expand prevention and educational efforts, strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs, strengthen treatment programs and give law enforcement more of the tools it needs to address this awful epidemic,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the measure earlier this month.

Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who spoke after McConnell, said he supports an amendment that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) plans to offer that would provide $600 million in emergency funding for opioid issues.

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